Regarding former Rep. Gary Ackerman's op-ed, "Public enemy No. 1 from Day 1" [Opinion, March 18], when I saw that Barack Obama was elected president, I was dismayed.

Although this statement sounds racist, this president's race is actually the best part about him. His race gave him a promise no other candidate at that time had: hope for the millions of black people who weren't living the American dream to believe they really could. Perhaps wrongs against them could have been righted. Perhaps their obstacles could have been removed.

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No, I was dismayed at the election of this president because of his books, his job experience, and because I listened to his speeches and believed him to be a Marxist communist, a Muslim sympathizer and a divisive elitist. So, no, I did not want him to be president, and I do not want his policies to go forward. And it is not because he is black.

Anne Lonegan, Carle Place